BIOLOGIST - FE, 0401/GS 11/12/(All U.S. Citizens)/Laboratory Division/Quantico, VA

Who May Apply

Open to ALL U.S. Citizens

Opening Date: 9/15/2017

Closing Date: 9/28/2017 11:59 pm (EST)

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to Brenda Robinson at (703) 632-3182 or [email protected]

Job Summary

Position: Biologist - FE, GS 0401 11/12

Division: Laboratory

Unit: DNA Casework

Location: Quantico, VA

Working Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Salary: GS-11: $66,510.00 - $86,460.00; GS-12: $79,720.00 - $103,639.00

Full Performance level: GS-14

Number of Positions Available: 1

Duration: Full Time/Permanent

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
  • Some travel may be required
  • Must successfully complete up to a two-year training program necessary for qualification as an FBI Forensic Examiner (FE). Must sign a Forensic Examiner Training Service Agreement (FETSA) to remain a FE for two years after the completion of training, with the understanding that failure to complete training may lead to termination or change to a similar position at a lower grade. Failure to fulfill the FETSA will require reimbursement for the prorated expense of his/her training, unless a waiver is granted. Applicant is required to serve a two-year probationary period as a FE, beginning when he/she enters on duty as a FE trainee.
  • Candidates who are hired for this position will not be eligible for promotion until they successfully complete their Forensic Examiner training.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties:

  • Serves as a Forensic Examiner responsible for planning, coordinating and directing forensic DNA analysis activities.
  • Performs full range of forensic DNA analytical procedures, including conducting expert examinations, interpreting results, issuing reports, and testifying in court.
  • Follows technical protocols, standard operating procedures and national quality assurance standards while conducting examinations on material derived from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) received from contributors around the world, including Law Enforcement, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community partners.
  • Meets established priorities and deadlines for completion of exams and production of forensic reports for timely dissemination to partners.
  • Communicates with internal and external entities regarding Unit mission, operations, and activities.
  • Utilizes and maintains laboratory instrumentation.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.

Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Veterans' preference will be applied.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Problem Solving/Judgment
  • Organizing and Planning
  • Biology
  • Analytic Thinking
  • Communication

Positive Education Requirement

This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic educational requirement by submitting a copy of their college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Qualification requirements: All candidates must meet the basic requirements specified under A or B below:

  • A. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university bachelor's (or higher) degree in biology, chemistry, or forensic science related area and must have successfully completed course work (graduate or undergraduate level) covering the subject of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology) or other subjects which provide basic understanding of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis.

or

  • B. A. combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must have been sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

In addition to the basic requirements above: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS 9 or GS 11, respectively).

GS-11: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level.

  • Work in biochemistry, genetics, or molecular biology performed in a laboratory setting, which includes planning, coordinating, and/or directing work activities.

GS-12: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.

  • Work in biochemistry, genetics, or molecular biology performed in a forensic laboratory setting, which includes planning, coordinating, and/or directing forensic science activities; performing expert examinations and work activities of increasing complexity.

Education

All degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Education may be substituted for specialized experience as follows:

GS-11: Applicant must have a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process:

Step 1 - Establish an applicant account on the FBIJobs website by clicking "Apply Now" and then "Register Now" or login using your existing applicant account.

Step 2 - Paste your text resume in the space provided, upload a new resume, or use a resume you have applied with previously.

Step 3 - Complete your applicant profile if establishing your account for the first time.

Step 4 - Complete the assessment questionnaire.

Step 5 - Complete the application sections requested and submit your application.

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

  • Other supporting documents:
  • College transcripts, (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation for submission, please follow the instructions below. Once documents are successfully attached, they will automatically be sent to HR.

Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click the "My Career Tools" hyperlink at the top of the page.

Step 2: Click the "Add Attachment" hyperlink located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available).

Step 4: Populate the "Attachment Purpose" field.

Step 5: Click the "Add Attachment" hyperlink.

Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.

Step 7: Click "Save & Add More" (if you are attaching more than one) or "Save & Return" if you have finished attaching documents.

You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information

  • The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
  • Management may select any grade for which this position has been announced.
  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
  • If you are hired, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for other FBI job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.

Veterans' Preference

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

Nepotism

Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative's appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at [email protected], telephone at 202-324-2158, or FAX at 202-324-3976. Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests. Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations. Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.

Benefits

The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp


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